Bruce, who flew to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy to manage his first game as Newcastle manager, insists he's not going anywhere.
“He's a player we want to keep, he's had a remarkable rise," Bruce said. “He is everything you would want in a player, big and athletic and he handles the ball well.
“We've got to be mindful of the fact he's had a nasty injury, we've got to nurture him through pre-season so he is ready for Arsenal.
“He is the type of player you want to build your team around, I've only seen him for a day, but he has had an unbelievable rise. Very much reminds me of a Michael Carrick. I'm not aware that he is going to Manchester United, I'm not aware of that at all."